Das Reich: The March of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Through France, June 1944 (Zenith Military Classics)

Das Reich: The March of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Through France, June 1944 (Zenith Military Classics)


World-renowned British historian Sir Max Hastings recounts the most terrible months of worldwide conflict II.
June 1944, the month of the D-Day landings conducted by way of Allied forces in Normandy, France. Germany’s 2d SS Panzer department, one among Adolf Hitler’s such a lot elite armor devices, had lately been pulled from the jap entrance and relocated to France for you to regroup, recruit extra troops, and restock apparatus. With Allied forces by surprise on ecu floor, the division—Das Reich —was referred to as as much as counter the invasion. Its march northward to the seashores of Normandy, 15,000 males robust, might develop into notorious as a story of extraordinary brutality in global battle II.
Das Reich is Sir Max Hastings’s narrative of the atrocities dedicated by way of the 2d SS Panzer department in the course of June of 1944: first, the execution of ninety nine French civilians within the village of Tulle on June nine; and moment, the bloodbath of 642 extra within the village of Oradour-sur-Glane on June 10. during the publication, Hastings expertly shifts point of view among French resistance combatants, the British mystery provider (who helped coordinate the French resistance from afar and at the ground), and the German infantrymen themselves. With its infrequent, independent method of the ruthlessness of global warfare II, Das Reich explores the delicate ethical textile of wartime mentality.

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